When they are generic, non-count nouns and sometimes plural count-nouns are used without articles. "We like wine with our dinner. We adore Baroque music . We use roses for many purposes." But if an "of phrase" comes after the noun, we use an article: "We adore the music of the Baroque." Also, when a generic noun is used without an article and then referred to in a subsequent reference, it will have become specific and will require a definite article: "The Data Center installed computers in the Learning Center this summer. The computers, unfortunately, don't work."
So when people ask me how to cite certain sources, I don’t give them a style guide, or tell them the order of things on a bibliographic entry. I show them Citation Machine . Citation Machine is a tool to help writers cite their sources in the proper format, simply by formatting the raw citation data. It won’t take any of the legwork out of actually finding the sources or their necessary information, but it does cut down on the headache of knowing where in a citation goes a period, italics, quotes, initials, etc. Continue reading →